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Peter Delano: For Dewey

Peter Delano in the mid-1990s

Peter Delano was a teenage prodigy when he made a brief splash in the mid-1990s with two albums on Verve and PolyGram. Then he disappeared. What was to have been his third album was recorded in 1996 but never released until now. For Dewey is so good that it will create widespread curiosity about what became of Delano. One of the reasons for his absence was a back injury.

The liner notes state that he is recovering his health and is playing again. It is excellent news, because For Dewey (recorded when Delano was 20) presents an exceptional piano player, not only in terms of technical facility but in the maturity with which those chops are made to serve large creative concepts.

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